Aneurysm Lawyer - Medical Malpractice Compensation - Canada

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A cerebral aneurysm or brain aneurysm, occurs when a blood vessel in the brain balloons outward. When this happens, the wall of the vessel can become quite thin and leak or rupture, causing bleeding in the brain, leading to a hemorrhagic stroke. Aneurysms are commonly found in the area between the layers covering the brain and the brain itself, which causes a serious medical condition known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

The majority of cerebral aneurysms do not ever rupture or leak. They are often found during routine brain tests or scans and are typically monitored to make sure they are not growing in size or causing problems. In some cases, aneurysms that have not ruptured may be treated to ensure they will not cause harm.

In the event that a brain hemorrhage or cerebral aneurysm was missed, improperly diagnosed, or surgery to repair the problem was botched, an aneurysm lawyer may be able to help you recover damages for your injuries.

Signs and Symptoms

An aneurysm that has not ruptured typically has few signs or symptoms. That being said, an aneurysm that has ruptured can cause many symptoms including: severe headaches, blurry vision, stiff neck, double vision, vomiting, difficulty concentrating, confusion, eyelid drooping on one side of the face, seizures and lack of consciousness.

Aneurysms that are leaking often cause severe headaches, but not other neurological symptoms. In some cases, aneurysms that are not ruptured or leaking may cause a bit of pain above one eye, numbness or paralysis of one part of the body, vision changes, a droopy eyelid, or a dilated pupil.

Unfortunately, a patient may visit the hospital or doctor to address a serious headache, and is told to return home and take over the counter pain medication. In a short period of time, the person may lose consciousness and have little chance of recovery. When this happens, negligence has occurred and a brain hemorrhage lawyer can help.

Risk Factors

While a cerebral aneurysm can happen in anyone, there are certain risk factors that increase a person’s chances of being affected. Factors such as smoking, having elevated blood pressure, illegal drug use, head injuries, alcohol abuse, low post menopausal estrogen levels, arteriosclerosis or a hardening of the arteries, a family history of aneurysms, certain types of infections, weakened blood vessels, kidney disease, and a narrowing of the aorta can all increase your risk of a aneurysm.

Aneurysm Treatment

In most cases, aneurysms that need treatment require surgery to halt the bleeding. There are two main surgical procedures that are preformed to achieve this result. One involves opening the skull and using a metal clip to pinch off the aneurysm. The second option is less invasive, and uses a catheter that is placed into the artery and is threaded to the site that is bleeding. This done by using a guide wire that pushes a platinum wire into the aneurysm; it coils and causes the bleed to clot. This is often referred to as endovascular coiling. Even though this procedure is less invasive, it does have a higher chance of the bleeding reoccurring.

Following surgery, the remainder of treatment for a brain aneurysm is supportive in nature. Pain medications are given to manage pain, calcium channel blockers are administered to control the vasospasm near the ruptured artery, and vasopressors are prescribed to prevent strokes. In some cases medication may be needed to prevent seizures as well. If there is pressure on the brain, a ventricular catheter may be used to drain some of the fluid into the abdomen. In the event there is neurological damage, rehabilitation may also be required.

If there was any form of inadequate medical treatment of a brain hemorrhage, a medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help you file a claim to recover damages for your loss.

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